After the end of World War II, a sudden turnabout occurred, and keen attention was focused on Monet’s last paintings. In a quintessential case of contemporary art transforming attitudes toward earlier art history, the large scale and gestural freedom of Abstract Expressionism illuminated the late Monet as a predecessor of great relevance. In 1955 MoMA became the first public collection in the United States to acquire one of Monet’s large-scale Water Lilies compositions.
The exhibition is accompanied by a small publication by Ann Temkin, with Nora Lawrence, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, that recounts the history of Monet’s late works at MoMA, and focuses on their resonance with the art and artists of our time.
Claude Monet: Water Lilies is published by The Museum of Modern Art and will be available at MoMA Stores and online at http://www.momastore.org. It is distributed to the trade through Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P) in the United States and Canada, and through Thames + Hudson outside North America. Paperback, 6” x 8” / 52 pages / 40 illustrations. Price: $12.95.
Monet’s Water Lilies
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.
The Celeste Bartos Theater, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building,
4 West 54 St.
Ann Temkin gives a lecture on the exhibition and discusses MoMA’s role in helping to bolster the reputation of the Water Lilies in the 1950s and how contemporary taste can alter the reception of historical works of art. Tickets ($10; members, corporate members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) are available online, www.moma.org/thinkmodern, or at the Museum at the lobby information desk or the Film desk.
MoMA offers private group tours of Monet’s Water Lilies on selected Sundays during the run of the exhibition. Mornings with Monet include a light breakfast followed by a one-hour tour before the Museum opens to the public. The tours examine the life and work of Claude Monet with a close study of the exhibition and a look at related works in MoMA’s collection. Tickets to Mornings with Monet also include Museum admission for the day. The Mornings with Monet tours will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on October 18, November 8, and November 29. Tours will continue on selected dates, to be announced, through April 2010.
Mornings with Monet are limited to 25 people per tour. Tickets are $75 ($65 for members). Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and includes coffee and croissants; tours begin at 9:30 a.m. For reservations, contact MoMA Group Services at (212)708-9685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though April 12, 2010
The Michael H. Dunn Gallery, second floor
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St.
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Museum Admission: $20 adults; $16 seniors, 65 years and over with I.D.; $12 full-time students with current I.D. Free for children 16 and under. Free for members.
Admission includes admittance to Museum galleries and film programs.
Free admission during Target Free Friday Nights 4:00-8:00 p.m.
For information call 212-708-9400 for detailed Museum information. www.moma.org
Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and a multimedia journalist. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. She is currently working on several botanical portrait commissions for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Art Collection and on a book of portraits of her favorite Asian American men in the arts and space.
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